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The race to get humans back to the Moon, and eventually, Mars has led to a precarious situation concerning the new frontier of space real estate. This has some concerned that it could lead to future tensions between Earth's superpowers, and possibly end in war. Some will remember the first race to the Moon between... Read more...
The first image from ShadowCam reveals the permanently shadowed wall and floor of Shackleton crater in incredible, never before seen detail. NASA-funded ShadowCam is one of six instruments onboard the Korean Aerospace Research Institute's Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter. The poles of the Moon are in a perpetual state of... Read more...
Chinese researchers believe they have discovered the origins of water in lunar soils. The team published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). A joint research team from the National Space Science Center (NSSC) and the Institute of Geology and... Read more...
China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe has discovered a new mineral and confirmed the moon's surface contains a key ingredient for nuclear fusion. The People's Daily, China, posted a tweet sharing the news concerning the find of the mineral, called Changesite-(Y) last week. In the tweet, it states China is the third country... Read more...
People around the world were privy to a gorgeous Harvest Moon over the weekend. Unlike other full moons, the Harvest full Moon rises into the night sky around the same time for several evenings in a row. The Moon has been in the headlines in the recent weeks, as NASA has unsuccessfully attempted to launch its first... Read more...
Scientists at the University of Florida (UF) have been able to grow plants in soil from the moon for the first time ever. This milestone in lunar and space exploration could prove vital as we look to travel to the moon and beyond. UF researchers have shown that plants can successfully be grown in lunar soil... Read more...
A lunar eclipse will occur on May 15-16, as the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. Some will be privy to a total eclipse, which is often referred to as a Blood Moon due to its reddish hue. If you are wanting to view the upcoming lunar eclipse, you do not need to worry about... Read more...
A 3 ton (2.7 metric tons) upper stage of a rocket has presumably impacted the far-side of the moon today. Not that we got to witness the event, but the space junk was expected to make impact on the lunar far side equator at Hertzsprung crater at 7:25am EST. The discarded upper stage of a rocket that is believed to... Read more...
NASA's Artemis 1 mission is nearing launch, and you can hitch a ride for free a trip around the Moon. Well, your name can at least. The Artemis program looks to return human boots back to the surface of the Moon, and eventually even further into space. Future missions will include the first person of color and... Read more...
China's Yutu-2 lunar rover detected two distinct glass globules on the far side of the Moon. Discoveries like this could hold information about the Moon's history. The spherules were spotted by the lunar rover's panoramic camera as they twinkled like stars on the dry, dusty surface of the Moon. While the rover was... Read more...
NASA is looking into using nuclear fission to power a lunar base and future spacecraft to travel to Mars and beyond. If you happen to be good at nuclear fission, you also have an opportunity to score a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for $5 million dollars. It is no secret that NASA is working hard to... Read more...
Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 discovered a cube-shaped object on the far side of the of the moon that has people wondering what it might be. The rover is currently making its way toward the object to see if it can identify exactly what it is. The moon is tidally locked in its orbit with the Earth, so as we look up in... Read more...
Scientists have theorized that there might be frozen water on the moon for decades—while water vapor quickly boils away on the moon's surface, frozen water was predicted to exist inside permanently shadowed polar craters as far back as the 1960s. Evidence has mounted for the existence of water in the last 10 years, but new findings from NASA... Read more...